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July 8, 2019: Roanoke Receives New Pacesetter Honors from Campaign for Grade-Level Reading 

June 23, 2019: Umberger: City’s Hall of Fame award is a call to action 

June 10, 2019: Roanoke named Hall of Fame city

June 7, 2019: Hall of Fame Winner–City of Roanoke, VA!

May 15, 2019: How Roanoke, Virginia, Is Addressing Income Disparities And Their Impact On Health Outcomes

February 15, 2019: Free library program feeding kids in need

December 14, 2018: Local public libraries are checking out toys

December 6, 2018: Roanoke City Library kicks off new “Star City Reads Toy Collection” program 

December 6, 2018: Educational toys program launched at downtown Roanoke library 

October 5, 2018: Roanoke, Virginia 2018 Council of Champions 

September 13, 2018: Celebrate Welcoming Week with the team at Roanoke Public Libraries and Blue Ridge Literacy 

August 14, 2018: Roanoke Mayor Teams Up With Star City Reads 

July 9, 2018: “Shh, Quiet, Please, Lives Are Being Changed Here.”  

July 7, 2018:  2018 Pacesetter Award Interview 

June 25, 2018: Roanoke City Library Receives National Recognition 

June 13, 2018: Roanoke Public Libraries Will Kick Off Summer Reading Program on June 18 

June 8, 2018: Star City Reads Wins Prestigious Award 

May 12, 2018: Ride for Reading 

March 30, 2018: Roanoke celebrates gains in childhood reading, All-America label 

March 30, 2018: Facebook Live Video of the Star City Reads Breakfast with Ralph Smith 

March 30, 2018: National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading highlights success of Star City Reads

March 30, 2018: Pics from the Star City Reads All-America City breakfast 

March 30, 2018: Star City Reads Program Gets Results and Recognition 

March 29, 2018: Umberger: Roanoke to celebrate Star City Reads success 

March 27, 2018: Star City Reads Progress Earns National Attention 

March 2, 2018: Children Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Stories 

December 5, 2017: Conversation Series Hopes to Spark Community Building in Roanoke 

November 10, 2017: Award-Winning Children’s Author Helps Celebrate Library Opening

October 2, 2017: Roanoke Organization Preparing to Distribute 40,000 Books to Kids in Need 

September 14, 2017: Promote Child Literacy with CHIP during National Literacy Month 

September 4, 2017: Roanoke’s BIG Book Event: Volunteer for Books on Wheels 

August 14, 2017: Roanoke Libraries Director Sheila Umberger on Building Stellar Teams in the Star City 

June 23, 2017: Star City Reads Distributes More Books 

June 19, 2017: Roanoke Celebrates 7th All-America City Award 

June 16, 2017: 2017 All-America City Award Recipients Announced 

April 2017: Roanoke Named a 2017 All-America City Award Finalist! 

March 29, 2017: City of Roanoke Honored as Pacesetter for Star City Reads Work with Children 

February 23, 2017: Roanoke Harry Potter festival will benefit Star City Reads 

January 24, 2017: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Names 40 Public Housing Agencies to 2015-2016 Honor Roll 

January 19, 2017: Vroom Into the Star City 

January 18, 2017: Bright Spots–Book-Rich Environments 

September 27, 2016: Libraries Director Sheila Umberger named a Leader who Inspires by WFXR

March 8, 2016: Roanoke’s Star City Reads program wins a national award 

March 7, 2016: Star City Reads Program Earns 2015 All-Around Pacesetter Award

July 9, 2015: Roanoke library and YMCA feed children’s bodies, minds 

June 22, 2015: Roanoke puts “Books on Buses” to encourage kids’ summer reading 

November 6, 2014: Gift local with the “Roanoke Baby” board book